The Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela Volume 1

The Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... R. Joseph Ibn Pilath, who may be called the prop of the uni 86 DAMASCUS. BA'ALBEK. versily, of R. Heman the elder and of R. Tsadok the physician. The city contains also two hundred Karaites and about four hundred page48.2. Samaritans, all these sects live upon friendly terms, but they do not intermarry. One days journey from thence to Jela'ad which is GiPad- and contains about sixty Jews, the principal of them is R. Tsadok. The city is large, richly water'd and surrounded by gardens and orchards. Half a days journey further stands Salkhat, the city of Salkhah of scripture.b From thence to Ba'albek is half a days journey. This is the city, which is menlion'd in scripture as 'Ba'alath in the valley of Lebanon, which Sh'lomo built for the daughter of Pharao.'c The palace is constructed of stones of enormous size, measuring twenty spans Page 49. l. in length and twelve in breadlh; no binding material holds these stones together and peo a. Hos. VI. 8. b. Numb. XXXII. 26. 29. 39. Deut.III. 10. JoshuaXII.5. LChron.V. 11. c. I.Kiogs IX. 18. II. Chron. VIII. 6. Ba'albek. Thadmor. Cariateen. 87 pie pretend, lhat the building could have been erected only by the help of Ashmedai. A great spring takes its rise at the upper side of the city, through which its waters rush like those of a considerable river. They are employed in the working of several mills, situated within the city, which also encloses numerous gardens and orchards. Thadmor in the desert- was also built by Shl'omo of equally large stones; this city is surrounded by a wall and stands in the desert, far from any inhabited place, is four days journey distant from the abovemenlion'd Ba'alath and contains two thousand warlike Jews. These page 49.2. are at war with the christians and more

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